With so many great restaurants to choose from, cash-strapped Denver newcomers — challenged with rising rents and skinny paychecks — are finding it hard to have a fun night out without blowing the bank. Twenty- Something for Twenty-Somethings will help you find hot destinations where you can enjoy cutting-edge cuisine in a stylish setting — all within a twenty-something budget (Less than $30 per person). And you don’t need to be under thirty to take these recommendations; just be ready for a great eating adventure.
Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, the Mexican restaurant at 1294 South Broadway opened by Brian Rossi in 2013, is nearly always a packed joint. Whether you’re going for taco Tuesday or any other day of the week, you need to come knowing you’re not the first to discover the goodness of Adelitas. View your wait time as an opportunity to take advantage of a pre-dinner drink and inhale the contagious energy of the restaurant. Stand tall at the guest-filled bar in front of the wall of illuminated spirits ready to be chosen for a drink. You will need to tap into your “Help me, I’m thirsty” face to order your first drink: the award-winning house margarita. The margaritas are simple — Arette tequila, lime juice and sugar-beet simple syrup infused with whole oranges — but when chased with a lick of the salt rim, it quickly becomes obvious what all the hype is about.